Saveol Dismasted

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(Source: VG2012)At 1945hrs (French time), on Thursday, November 15th, Samantha Davies contacted the race office of the Vendée Globe to report that her boat had dismasted. Davies is not injured. She is safe inside the boat with all the watertight doors closed. She is monitoring the situation and does not require assistance. She is wearing  … Read more

How?!

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© Kito de Pavant / Groupe Bel While the start of this edition of the Vendee Globe was comparatively ‘easy’, it has not been without drama. Kito on Group Bel was tagged by a trawler which is incredibly unlucky but looking at the above picture, it could have been so much worse… HOW exactly did  … Read more

Locked in

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The Vendee Globe is just around the corner (25 days ’til the start!) and the riggers are busy putting the final touches on their babies. Erwan Tanguy from Your-Rigging, shares with us the lock strops he built for Mike Golding’s ‘Gamesa’.   ‘These strops are very small, only about 8 inches long’ says Erwan, .  … Read more

Smashed

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Alex Thomson Smashes Transatlantic Record (Source: Navtec) Lewmar and Navtec would like to express our congratulations to Alex Thomson, who sailed HUGO BOSS over the finish line yesterday evening to break the single-handed monohull transatlantic record by more than 24 hours. Fully equipped with Navtec’s Z-System PBO rigging and Anti-Torsion PBO forestays, Alex’s achievement adds  … Read more

Groupe Bel Dismasted

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Kito de Pavant retraces the circumstances leading to the dismasting © Jacques Vapillon / Sea&Co / Europa Warm Up In the early morning, as he passed the race’s first turning mark at the Island of Santa Maria in the Azores in 5th position of the Europa Warm’Up, and was beginning a long surfing tack towards  … Read more

Gamesa update

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Mike Golding’s quest for the Vendee Globe was interrupted when he dismasted during a a training session in the Solent.  The failure has been attributed to a broken furling unit which has subsequently set in motion a race against time to get Mike back on the water and training for the ultimate race on the single  … Read more

Safran revolution

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kitd.html5loader(“flash_kplayer_adc9c736310s”);   A new revolutionary mast for Safran (Source: Safran Sailing Team) A new ballast system, a new titanium keel, and now a new mast with a 3D woven carbon mast track, which is something completely new in the world of ocean racing. Safran is innovating once again, bringing together expertise from within the Group and  … Read more

Golding: “We are on a mission to the Vendée Globe, that is where we are going and this won’t stop us”

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(Source: mikegolding.com) Following the failure of the furling gear and subsequent dismasting yesterday, 2 May, of Mike Golding’s 60 foot IMOCA, Gamesa, Mike, and his Boat Captain, Graham Tourell, speak candidly about the importance of the results of tomorrow’s ultrasound testing and the plan going forward …. Mike Golding: “We were in 12 knots of  … Read more

Gamesa Dismasted

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On 2 May, at 1540, whilst training off Thorness Bay, Isle of Wight, in 12 knots of wind, Mike Golding’s IMOCA 60, Gamesa, was dismasted following a suspected failure in the furling gear. Mike Golding, and his crew of Graham Tourell (Boat Captain) and Mike Ferguson (Preparateur) were all unhurt in the incident. The mast  … Read more